Deck The Halls Christmas Entry

DIY Christmas Stairway Decor ~ combine fresh with faux greenery for a custom and festive look!Christmas has arrived On Sutton Place and believe me, I had my doubts whether or not I could make it happen! For a few days I was smack in the middle of a gigantic mess. Slow and steady was my mantra and room by room, the disarray disappeared. In its place came Christmas. An inexpensive, DIY, use-what-you-already-have kind of Christmas. I’m joining some amazing DIY bloggers for Deck The Halls and the perfect place to start is the entry.

I shared some DIY Christmas Wall Art a few days ago.

DIY Free Printable Christmas Wall ArtNext came the stairway banister. I have to use artificial greenery here because of a heat register right below the spindles. I tried fresh garland the first few years we were here and it’s just not worth the mess. I’ve used the same piece of garland for years. Each year I come up with a different way to decorate it. Last year I used giant pine cones and ribbon. This year it’s stars and red balls.

DIY Christmas Stairway Garland with white lights, stars and red balls. Honestly, this had me stumped for a day or two. It wasn’t until I found a bag buried in the bottom of a bin that inspiration hit. In the bag were stars and red balls that I used in my dining room last year.

This year they found a home on the stairs.

Christmas Stairway DecorEven though I can’t have fresh garland on the banister, I try to work it in other places. There is nothing like the clean smell of pine. I bought a big bunch of juniper at a local garden center and added it to vintage enamelware.

Fresh juniper in vintage enamelware. Easy DIY Christmas decor!The last corner to be decked holds a chair…and what better way to deck a chair than with pillows! If you want to see how I made the fringed burlap Christmas trees, click right here.

Believe pillow cover by Sutton Place Designs on EtsySince the burlap trees moved to the floor I added the grain sack christmas trees from last year to the small chest.

Grain Sack Christmas TreesThe entry is now decked. Every last corner!

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  1. There are no words that can express my thanks to you. If words could be hugs I would send you pages. Thank you for this amazing post. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. Once Again Thank You So Much!

    1. Wow. I love it so much. I just pinned it on pinetrest and shared it on twitter ! Love it :)


  2. Ann, everything looks so simple and fresh! I love it all! Merry Christmas! Thanks for including all those great links so it’s easy to find each person!

  3. Ann, this is just gorgeous! I love the stars mixed in with the red ornaments and the pitchers on the stairs! You have such beautiful photography too :) Happy to have been part of the Deck the Halls Tour with you!

  4. Ann, All your touches are pretty and you do such a great job with your custom made pillows. The Believe pillow is striking in your captain’s chair. I am not sure if captain’s chair is its’ correct name. I always enjoy all you do. Hope you are enjoying the season and have not worked too hard. Thanks for the tour for it has been very enjoyable. I realize all the effort all of you have put in it.

  5. Absolutely lovely and love, too, how you recycle!! franki

  6. Judy Altaf says:

    Your home is an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your decorating ideas. They are all beautiful! Just the way a Merry Christmas should be adorn! God Bless!

  7. Your Christmas decor is so pretty – it’s warm and welcoming and not too fussy, and that’s just what I love!

  8. Oh Ann, I love the decorations in your entry way. The red balls and white stars on the garland are my favourite along with the white pitchers of juniper. It’s all so pretty. I’m going to pin the red balls and white stars as that is something I would love to do somewhere in my home some year.

  9. Your entry is stunning, Ann! I love the garland on your banister rail. I also like the other vignettes, too!!!

    My pillow looks so pretty on our sofa next to the ticking pillow I ordered from you last year. I’ll post a photo closer to Christmas when we bring more go our fresh greenery in! (I’ll email you a link).


  10. What a lovely and festive entry, Ann! The trio of jugs with greenery and the decorated bannister (love the stars!) are perfect!

  11. Gorgeous! I love all the details, especially those pitchers.
    You did a great job, congratulations! Very inspiring.
    Besos from Argentina,

  12. Beautiful! I can’t seem to make it happen this year, this should inspire me!

  13. Ann, it is positively beautiful. I love your style! I think my favorite is the vintage enamelware on the stairs – I’m such a fan of enamelware; it is just beautiful with the juniper in them. Love that idea. Happy Holidays to you and your family. ~ Dori ~

  14. Hi Ann, I really love what you’ve done with banister. The stars and red balls look so festive. Your burlap fringed trees are getting pinned like crazy on Pinterest! And i just wanted to tell you that I found the cinnamon chips in our area today! Glad your Christmas decorating is coming along. I took a break from it today!

  15. Ann, you never cease to amaze me! Your Christmas foyer is gorgeous! I love the garland and if I ever own a home with stair again, I’m *so* copying you with the pitchers filled with juniper going up the stairs! LOVE your pillow … I need to start purchasing a few Ann originals! Happy Holidays!

  16. Your home and all your Christmas décor is beautiful. I love the pitchers on the stairway with the greenery and pine cones – so, so cute. I can’t wait to see how to make the trees. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Ann - the other Ann says:

    Hi Ann – so beautiful – so inspiring … I may just have to steal your banister ideas – so pretty… Can I ask you a question? Do you have an outlet nearby to plug in the lights for the banister – or are those battery operated…. I am thinking of doing the same thing but the nearest outlet is something like 15 ft away….so just wondering what you did because it is breathtaking – loving the pops of red! Also love the burlap trees – so textural and festive! Thanks for constantly inspiring!!!

    1. Hi Ann! For years I put garland on the banister without any lights. I finally figured out that I could run an extension cord along our upstairs hallway and into my son’s bedroom. It’s not the best situation but it works! Thanks for following…have a good weekend!

  18. Oh, Ann, everything is just stunning- the ideas, the decor, the photography….I love that enamelware on the stairs, and the banister dripping with stars and greenery! The smell of fresh greenery is the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for sharing your lovely work. :)

  19. You did it, and everything looks stunning. You are welcome to link your holiday posts with us on Pink Saturday this month.♥

  20. Absolutely Beautiful!

  21. Your home looks wonderful and so festive for Christmas. I love your decorated banister.

  22. Ann. As always you don’t disappoint in your decor and christmas is no different. Your pillow is so festive and perfect for the season ( all your pillows are perfect)
    Happy Holidays!

    PS- Your photos are always so amazing. What camera and setting do you use?

  23. Love love love your entry and stair decor~so pretty!! One of my favorite things to drape garland on in the cottage is the little stair railing- it’s always charming. I searched everywhere for juniper clippings this year- none to be found. I am going to have to look again after seeing your pretty display!! Happy to be partying with you!!

  24. Hi Ann! Oh, how beautiful! Everything at your home looks wonderful. I love all of your sweet touches.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Ann you have such a beautiful and distinct style, I could pick it out anywhere! How stunning your hall is! I love that you hung red ornaments and stars along the banister. Just amazing!!!! And your enamelware with the juniper is brilliant! LOVE everything you do!

  26. Ann, Absolutely lovely!! Warm, inviting, tasteful, and Holiday! Can’t wait to see more…..

  27. It all looks fantastic Ann, I can’t use fresh on my stair rail either because of the heat run.

  28. Your entry looks beautiful, Ann!! I guess I’m not the only one loving pops of red this year. Love the greens in the enamelware on the stairs!
    Mary Alice

  29. Love your trimmed stairs, Ann. That is one thing I have yet to do. Waiting on fresh greenery to be delivered next week.

  30. I love the pops of red in the garland on your banister. I think it’s great that you use your decorations in different places each year. I’m absolutely lovin’ the 3 enamel pitchers with the fresh pine. So crisp and fresh looking.

  31. Your red ornaments and star studded stair garland is so festive Ann! I love your sweet pitches filled with juniper~ there’s nothing like the smell of fresh greenery for Christmas!

  32. Ann, as the first thing your family and friends will see when they enter your beautiful home, you have certainly set the tone of your beautiful Christmas decor…the pitchers are so wonderful on the risers with the natural greens and no one can help but smile when they see your beautiful pillows and tree creations. You are truly an inspiration!!…